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The Earthjustice legal team at the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 6, 2019. Wastewater effluent discharge and resulting coral damage in the reef offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaiʻi, on Aug. 19, 2019. The Earthjustice legal team at the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 6, 2019. The nation’s highest court has sided with clean water advocates in a decades-long legal dispute involving a wastewater treatment plant, its pollution discharges, and a partially dead coral reef in Hawaiʻi. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Apr. 23, saying that point source discharges to navigable waters through groundwater are regulated under the Clean Water Act. “This decision is a huge victory for clean water,” said David Henkin , the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case before the court. “The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration’s effort to blow a big hole in the Clean Water Act’s protections for rivers, lakes, and oceans. We are glad the Court has recognized the importance of protecting clean water for all Americans.” What started as a local water pollution case could have had disastrous repercussions for clean water across the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on Hawai ʻ […]

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